Beautiful 1st Era Deluxe likely made by the man himself. Extremely scarce example of a shorter 1st Era Deluxe in Excellent, Restored condition. All sections are full length and straight. The wraps are black and white jasper tipped in gold with gold intermediates. The signature wrap is a marvelously complex mix of jasper and gold. The sliding band nickel silver reel seat cleanly states “GRANGER DELUXE” between two etched bands. First era knurled “wedding band” sliding ring and “bulls-eye” foot. Wasted 1st Era ferrules in sizes 15.5 & 10. Perfection tip tops (30’s or 40’s era) and tungsten stripper & steel line guides. Original 5.5” tapered cigar grip. Later Bronze aluminum W&M Granger DeLuxe tube and non-original olive bag.
ABOUT THE GRANGER DELUXE
The Granger DeLuxe grade was first introduced in the 1st Era along with the Premier and the Special. The first recorded mention of the DeLuxe appears in Granger’s 1922 advertisements. DeLuxe rods from the 1st Era have an ornate signature wrap pattern and full intermediate wraps.
In 1930, the DeLuxe name was revived and used to designate the 2nd highest grade in the lineup behind the Premier. The 1931 Catalog describes the DeLuxe this way:
“The Granger DeLuxe is a truly high grade rod, ranking with the most expensive rods made. The rod is made by our own exclusive process, and meets the exacting standard or perfection we maintain for our very finest rods. It never fails to win the sincere approval of an experienced fisherman.”
Goodwin Granger DeLuxe rods of the 4th Era were available in 7 1/2′ to 10′ lengths (3 oz. to 6.5oz.) and priced at $35. There were no Tournament models in the DeLuxe grade. Each was outfitted with a sliding band reel seat with “GRANGER DELUXE” inscribed between two knurled bands. Grips were Coke Bottle shaped. Windings consisted of black & white jasper tipped in gold with 3 additional gold trim wraps.
Changes to the DeLuxe rods in the 5th Era included the new uplocking reel seat and a Western (Reverse Half-wells) style grip. The 1939 Catalog also introduces a new 2-piece 7′ model available in the Registered, DeLuxe and Aristocrat grades only.
Production of the Goodwin Granger Deluxe grade lasted until the company closed its doors during WWII in 1941.
Wright & McGill Rod Co. purchased Granger Rods in 1946 and resumed production of the DeLuxe grade beginning with the 1947 Catalog. It was offered in 7′ to 9.5′ lengths (3 oz. to 6.0oz.) and priced at $60. The DeLuxe grade made its final appearance in the 1952 W&M Catalog.
GOODWIN GRANGER ADVERTISING IN THE IST ERA (1919 – 1922)
While Goodwin Granger may have started building rods as early as 1914, the first ads to offer them for sale began in April of 1919.
The first ads from 1919 were simple and small—about 2″ wide. Granger considered the dry climate & elevation in Denver as a unique selling point and also touted a better power-to-weight ratio than “other rods”. It seems as if he was trying to differentiate himself from the East Coast rod makers of the day. Even these first ads from 1919 mention the availability of a catalog, yet none have surfaced to date. (If you know of any catalogs from this time period, please contact us.)
Ads from 1920 and 1921 highlight a more refined approach. Granger encourages customers to “Send me an order… that suits your pocketbook, tell me the kind of fishing for which you wish to use the rod… and I’ll send you a rod that will satisfy you in every respect.” This suggests that Granger was perhaps willing to customize rods for his customers’ needs. An ad from March 1921 also supports this: “There is a Granger rod for every kind of fishing. Special rods made to order.” There may have been as many as 4 grades offered before 1921 (4 prices listed in June 1920 ad), but that was reduced to 3 grades by March 1921. Interestingly, the 1921 ads all suggest that there may be another early color Goodwin Granger catalog: “Send for free circular, with rods illustrated in actual colors.” (Again, if you know of any catalogs from this time period, please contact us.)
Goodwin Granger himself was experimenting with rod design during this time—especially in 1921 when he was introduced to the sport of Tournament Casting.
Ads from 1922, discuss the “new Deluxe and Premier models.” The earliest 1st era rods were all labeled “The Granger Rod”—regardless of grade. It is believed that standardizing the model names at this time was an easier way to sell and market the differences between the rods that Granger offered at the time.
All ads list “GOODWIN GRANGER & CO.” as the business entity and the addresses is consistent in this era at “East Ninth Ave., Denver, Colorado”.
You might notice that a different street number was assigned to each publication on all Granger ads. This was done to accurately track the responses for the same ad across different publications.